Bulgaria's Burgas Jubilant over BA Oil Pipeline Demise - SurveySociety | December 12, 2011, Monday // 12:01| views
Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov (right) back in 2009 during the campaigning against the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline. Photo by BGNES
The citizens of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas support almost unanimously the country's decision to quit the oil pipeline which would have connected the city to Greece's Alexandroupolis.
In a survey conducted between December 7 and December 9 in the region of Burgas, a total of 86% of the local people have said they approved of the decision. The citizens of Burgas believe the cabinet's recent announcement has put a logical end to a potentially hazardous project for the region, the Bulgarian National Radio reports.
According to 91% of all citizens surveyed, the end of the project will have a positive effect on the local environment. A total of 87% of the 600 local people surveyed believe that the decision will have positive consequences for the region's tourism.
Bulgaria broke the news about the cancellation of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project last Wednesday.
The motive behind the government's decision was said to be the fact that Burgas-Alexandroupolis was financially and economically unsound and could not be implemented under the terms of the 2007 agreement.
Three Bulgarian Black Sea municipalities - Burgas, Pomorie, and Sozopol - have voted against the pipe in local referendums over environmental concerns.
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